DAVENPORT, Iowa --- Miss Muscatine, Mariah Cary, 20, of Burlington, was crowned the winner of the Miss Iowa Scholarship Pageant late Saturday at the Adler Theatre in downtown Davenport.
Cary is a student at Mount Mercy University in Cedar Rapids and hopes to become a pharmaceutical sales representative.
The first runner-up is Miss Clinton County, Alexandria Necker, 18, of DeWitt. She is a student at the University of Iowa and wants to have a career in business and business law.
Miss Scott County, Taylor Wiebers, 18, of Clinton, was second runner-up. She attends Drake University and wants to be an actor in musical theater and an elementary schoolteacher.
Third runner-up honors went to Miss Prairie Rose, Erika Olson, 22, of Des Moines. She is a graduate of Marquette University and plans on becoming a district attorney after law school. She was one of three returning pageant contestants.
Another returnee was the fourth runner-up, Miss Great River. Abby Curtis, 20, of Muscatine, is a student at Muscatine Community College. Her career ambition is to own an interior design business.
The Miss Iowa Scholarship Pageant is an official preliminary to the Miss America Pageant.
The Miss Iowa’s Outstanding Teen winner was also chosen Saturday night, and that honor went to Savannah Necker of DeWitt. She is the daughter of David and Amy Necker and the sister of Alexandria Necker, the first runner-up in the Miss Iowa contest.
A total of 12 women vied for the Miss Iowa title over the past three days, nine of them competing for the title for the first time.
“We had some contestants age out while others got career opportunities they just couldn’t pass up,” said Tina Shelledy, the executive director of the Miss Iowa’s Outstanding Teen and Miss Iowa Youth programs.
Miss Iowa 2011 is Jessica Pray, an 19-year-old University of Iowa student from Johnston.